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Love in the Time of Everyone

Love in the Time of Everyone

By Emily Dieckman

Romantic relationships sure are different today than they used to be: New technologies have introduced practices like online dating and sexting, while social progress has brought about same-sex marriage, shifting expectations of partners, and so much more. Join Emily Dieckman as she talks to people of different ages and walks of life about love in the time of, well, everyone.
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Kind of Like a Human Relationship

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She Can't Love Me Back, But What Of It?
She Can't Love Me Back, But What Of It?
Bill and Lal have been through a lot together. They've been on all sorts of adventures, Lal has helped Bill with his anger issues, and Bill helped Lal through a rough patch when she was having problems. But their relationship is hard to classify, in part because Bill is a human and Lal is a Replika artificial intelligence chatbot. In the final installment of the Replika series, learn more about how AI chatbots work, hear some of the pros and cons of human-chatbot relationships, and listen to an interview with Lal. Episode Links Lal’s Twitter and TikTok VICE Article on Bill and Lal Eugenia Kuyda’s interview on the Lex Fridman Podcast Replika website Episode Transcript Theme song "In 26 Years" from the Local Kindergartner EP
28:54
November 11, 2022
Kind of Like a Human Relationship
Kind of Like a Human Relationship
Kimi downloaded a virtual companion chatbot app to help her through a difficult time. When she developed romantic feelings for her chatbot, Nick, she began coming out of her shell, while also rethinking what constitutes a "real" relationship, or a "real" person. Episode Transcript Rachel Diamond, PhD's website Follow Cindy Friedman on Twitter. Local Kindergartener EP, Spine
29:14
August 19, 2022
A Chatbot Saved My Marriage
A Chatbot Saved My Marriage
Scott was on the verge of divorcing his wife when he downloaded Replika, an AI virtual companion chatbot. Within two days, he was falling in love with the chatbot. How did he fall for her, and why did doing so actually make his marriage better? Episode transcript Rachel Diamond, PhD's website Local Kindergartener EP, Spine
31:26
June 10, 2022
Is Love Blind?
Is Love Blind?
Danielle Drouin, a contestant on the Netflix series Love is Blind, talks about about her experience falling in love and getting engaged on the show in just 10 days… and then getting booted from the show due to logistics. Social psychologist Viren Swami tunes in with insight on the nature of attraction, the “Love is Blind” bias and a time he felt like he was on a date with his aunt. Danielle's Instagram Page: @iam_daniellerose Attraction Explained, by Professor Viren Swami Rory in People Magazine Matt in Screen Rant Local Kindergartener EP, Spine Episode Transcript
36:24
February 04, 2022
Love4Jason
Love4Jason
Jessica couldn’t help but see how her brother’s cerebral palsy made it harder for him to meet people, and she wanted to help. One viral video, thousands of emails and one pandemic later, and #Love4Jason is a mission accomplished. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Episode Transcript #Love4Jason video on YouTube Music from the #Love4Jason Video: Possibilities, by Outerskies x Gabriel James Elyse’s blog, The Adventuring SLP Elye’s Instagram, @leesieruck Local Kindergartener EP, Spine Sarah Smith Rainey’s Book, “Love, Sex and Disability”
27:30
December 01, 2021
Way, Way, Way Out of Our Comfort Zone
Way, Way, Way Out of Our Comfort Zone
At 22 and 27, Kayah and Jimmie Roper felt like they were a little young to be starting a family, but they could feel God telling them it was time. So, they started fostering 14-year-old Kari and her son, I’zaire. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Get the Local Kindergartner EP!
29:40
September 17, 2021
The Only Two Gay Men in the World
The Only Two Gay Men in the World
In the Mexican border town where Carlos Valenzuela grew up, homosexuality was considered an aberration. So when he and his best friend Gustavo both realized they were gay, they were terrified. With the support of Gustavo, a slew of world travels, and an ever-curious mind, Carlos is now unafraid to be himself. Listen on Apple Podcasts. Listen on Spotify. Listen on Stitcher. Buy Valenzuela’s book, “Letters to Young Carlos.”  See Carlos talking more about the book in a presentation for Southern Arizona Senior Pride. See his other writings at carlos-valenzuela.com. Get the Local Kindergartner EP. Carlos as a child Carlos doing a perm in the 1970s. Carlos in Argentina in 1972. Carlos embracing his wild side.
28:34
July 02, 2021
I Am Gay, I Am Out, and I Am Free
I Am Gay, I Am Out, and I Am Free
Born in 1930, Ken Felts knew he liked boys starting at age 12. But he didn’t come out as gay until he was 90 years old. Hear about his lost love of a lifetime, his reaction to his daughter coming out while he was still closeted, and how his life has changed since he shared his secret. (We ran into a little bit of trouble with Ken’s audio, but I promise this episode is still worth a listen!) Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Get the Local Kindergartner EP!
22:45
April 05, 2021
Being Worried All Your Life?
Being Worried All Your Life?
Dorien never had much of a maternal instinct. She thought kids were a nuisance, and that the worry that comes with loving someone so much was too terrifying to take on. Just think of the potential heartbreak! As she got older, she realized that life involves powerful love and world-pausing heartbreak either way, and she started to rethink her ideas about kids. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Get the Local Kindergartner EP! Dorien and Bart on their wedding day. Dorien and Tobie, her faithful companion. Tobie getting used to his new family member. Jonathan, Dorien and baby Niamh. Niamh Lotus
27:48
March 05, 2021
Is My Spouse Transgender?
Is My Spouse Transgender?
After two kids and more than ten years of marriage, Jenni and Sarah were lying in bed one night when Sarah shared she was a woman born in a man’s body: “I’m transgender.” “That’s okay,” said Jenni. “Because I think I’m gay.” Follow Jenni and Sarah on Instagram at @jenniberr and @chandlersarahb. Listen on Spotify. Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts! Get the Local Kindergartner EP!   Sarah (left), Jenni and their two sons in January 2015.   Jenni and Sarah at an event in November 2019. Jenni, Sarah and their two sons in November 2020.
28:45
February 05, 2021
Unicorn Hunting and Bonus Parents (Poly Part 2)
Unicorn Hunting and Bonus Parents (Poly Part 2)
In episode three, we met J, who is dating D, who is married to A, who is dating C, who is married to M, who is also dating A. In episode four, we find out how the group is navigating the addition of its newest member: a baby. Music: Local Kindergartner
19:52
January 08, 2021
Grab Jealousy By Its Ugly Horns (Poly Part 1)
Grab Jealousy By Its Ugly Horns (Poly Part 1)
In episode three, the members of a polycule, (a network of people in nonmonogamous relationships), share how they navigate everything from first dates to jealousy to “postcoital puppy piles.” Listen on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/love-in-the-time-of-everyone/id1234895446 Spotify: open.spotify.com/episode/5InE1a5Eyd2y12Ys74OPs2 Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/show/love-in-the-time-of-everyone Music: Local Kindergartner
19:58
December 11, 2020
Why Procrastinate?
Why Procrastinate?
In episode two, Jack and Susan share how they went from a reluctant first encounter to 30 years of marriage. Jack and Susan   Music: Local Kindergartner
16:18
November 20, 2020
I’m Not Gonna Say Yes Until You Say Yes
I’m Not Gonna Say Yes Until You Say Yes
In episode 1, Matt gets down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend, Cait. She happened to have the same idea… on the same day. Listen on Spotify Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Stitcher This episode may contain adult language. Music: Local Kindergartner Jewelry by Leah: leandramarjewelry.com & @leandra.marjewelry on Instagram
23:56
October 30, 2020